Scotty McCreery’s new “See You Tonight” CD debuts atop Billboard’s Country Albums chart this week.
It’s the N.C. State University sophomore’s second appearance at the top of the country album list, following 2011’s “Clear As Day.” In between, he released a Christmas CD last year that debuted at No. 2 on the country chart.
“See You Tonight” has sold more than 52,000 copies since its release last week. That’s down from the more than 196,000 first-week CDs that “Clear as Day” sold, but higher than the 41,000 that “Christmas with Scotty McCreery” sold in its debut week.
“Clear As Day” also debuted atop Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. By contrast, “See You Tonight” came in sixth, behind new releases from Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney and N.C.’s own The Avett Brothers, as well as recent releases from Miley Cyrus and Drake.
The “See You Tonight” single, one of five songs on the new CD that McCreery co-wrote, moved to No. 30 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart this week.
McCreery and his producers have talked about how they’re really pushing for hit singles with lots of radio airplay from the new CD. Though “Clear As Day” went platinum, none of its three singles ranked higher than No. 15.
“I think we’ve got a lot of great hit single choices on this record,” said CD producer Frank Rogers, whose resume includes working with Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker. “I’m excited about the possibilities of it.”
McCreery, the Garner native who won “American Idol” in 2011, will promote the new CD on Friday with an appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He performed two shows at the N.C. State Fair earlier this week, drawing nearly 9,000 fans.
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